HUNTERNET CO-OPERATIVE LIMITED OVERVIEW

HunterNet is widely recognised within Australian manufacturing and academia as the most successful industry ‘cluster’ of its type nationally. Incorporated in 1992, HunterNet is a network of manufacturing, engineering and specialist services companies located in the Hunter and Central Coast Regions of NSW. Formed as a non-trading, not for profit Co-Operative, it involves over 200 companies, active in national and international infrastructure & asset management, energy & resources, defence and advanced manufacturing supply chains.

HunterNet provides members numerous support programs covering areas such as:

  • Business Development
  • Business Systems & Processes.
  • WHS & Training.
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Innovation
  • Business Improvement; and
  • Government Advocacy

The network provides member companies with the opportunity to take part in activities previously out of reach of smaller enterprises including training and development, networking, joint marketing initiatives, joint project bids, focused task forces, trade missions and tendering.  Further, through its subsidiary (HunterNet Group Training Company) HunterNet manages the training and development program for apprentices and trainees across a diverse range of disciplines on behalf of its member host companies.

Relationships with key bodies such as NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Regional Development Australia – Hunter, AusTrade and the University of Newcastle provide the network with additional support, services and weight in the political and business arena.

The success of HunterNet Members in winning work from major projects in sectors such as energy & resources, defence, infrastructure & asset management and advanced manufacturing will be a key factor in achieving future success for the region as the Hunter and Central Coast gears up for the next stage of industrial and economic development.

 

         

OUR MISSION

VISION

Australia’s preeminent network for leading industry collaboration and innovation.

MISSION

HunterNet drives manufacturing, engineering and specialist services to achieve sustainable and innovative globally competitive markets.

VALUES

  • Trust
  • Openness/transparency
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Social Responsibility
  • Safety First
  • The Power of Many

Meet the HunterNet Team

Ivan Waterfield

Chief Executive Officer

Boris Novak

Industry Advisor

Tim Owen

Defence Industry Advisor

Peter Morrissey

Industry Advisor

Board of Directors

Steven Tolley

Chairman (appointed 2016)

Project Director at John Holland Group

Steve has extensive experience in the rail, mining, aluminium, steel and contracting industries and has been involved in the Hunter Business Community throughout his career. Steve has a mechanical trade as well as tertiary qualifications in mechanical and electrical engineering, a Master of Business Administration and CPPD certification with the Australian Institute of Project Management. His grassroots stem from heavy industry, maintenance and manufacturing and he is now working in a professional services consultancy business.

Steve is the Chief Operating Officer of Boleh Consulting, which is a locally founded business with offices in Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne. Boleh Consulting works across various heavy industries providing strategic, engineering, project management and commercial support to their clients by adding value to their business though their extensive capability and lateral thinking.
Steve has previously held senior roles with Pacific National, Thomas & Coffey, Thiess and Downer. He has strong commercial acumen, is achievement orientated and has the ability to build a positive team culture that focusses on empowering the team to deliver results.

Steve is committed to the HunterNet vision of being recognised as the preeminent regional industry peak body in Australia for leading collaboration and innovation. He is focused on building growth and prosperity in our region and has a strong focus on strengthening our members and our regions capability to support our drive to be competitive in today’s global market.

Lyndell Fogarty - Director

Lyndell Fogarty

Director

CEO, PerformHR

Lyndell is CEO and one of the founders of performHR, an organisation providing small to mid tier businesses across Australia with a virtual HR department, accessible 5 days a week. She is also the co-founder of performPAY, a fully outsourced payroll solution for organisations nationally.

With extensive commercial experience across a number of industries including finance, transport, insurance and health, some of the clients Lyndell has worked with include Westpac Bank, Vodafone, IMA, QBE Insurance, Allianz Insurance, RAAF, Linfox, Franklins, British Aerospace (BAE Systems), Southern Cross Community Health and RTA.

Lyndell thrives on coming up with innovative yet pragmatic solutions to enhance organisational performance. Along with her broad HR knowledge she also has solid experience in all facets of Instructional Design and she is an engaging, gifted and dynamic facilitator and presenter.

Her enthusiasm for obtaining great results in any project she undertakes has resulted in consistent client referrals. Her energy, dedication to excellence and belief in what she is doing coupled with her broad industry experience ensures she is always able to add value for her clients.

Lyndell possesses a degree in Finance and a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management.

John Gambrill - Director

John Gambrill

Director

Project Manager, Mullane Construction Plumbing

In 2014, John commenced his role as Project Manager at Mullane Construction Plumbing. Over the past 30 years, John has gained broad experience in maintenance, construction and fabrication through servicing the power, steel, aluminium, waterfront, utilities and mining sectors.

In 1994, John joined Newcastle Field Maintenance as BHP Site Manager and in 1995 was appointed General Manager of Newcastle Field Maintenance, remaining in this role till 2013. John has worked as a mechanical and project engineer for BHP, The Electricity Commission of NSW and ABB Constructions. John has previously held the position of Vice Chair of the Hunter Manufacturing Council and a current member of the Hunter Industry Leaders Council.

Tim Hardy - Director

Tim Hardy

Director

General Manager, Newcastle Machine Shop

With over 35 years experience in the manufacturing industry, Tim began his career as an apprentice fitter/machinist in the UK. After studying Mechanical Engineering part time, he went from apprentice to Production Manager with the same company, before holding positions as Quality Manager & Production Controller with a number of Engineering companies. Following his arrival in Australia in 1990, Tim has held a number of Management roles with Onesteel Waratah, Sandvik Hydamatic and Waratah Engineering, before joining Newcastle Machine Shop as General Manager in 2004.

Graeme Vennell

Director

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Custom Fluidpower

Graeme has had roots in Hunter region for some 30 years. In his time with CFP he has been integral in the growth of this Hunter based innovative engineering solutions provider, to its current status - servicing multiple locations across Australia and SE Asia.

Graeme's background and passion for all aspects surrounding manufacturing stems from initial training as a mechanical engineer at BHP Steelworks. His career progressed to General Manager of CCI Engineering in 2000, through to Engineering Director, Managing Director & CEO for Custom Fluidpower since 2012. His whole career has been dedicated to and built in this space.

With his breadth of knowledge, he has the capacity and desire to share his experience and give back to the Region.

Leigh Bryant - Director

Leigh Bryant

Director

Group Marketing Manager, Scorpion International

Leigh’s experience in the private sector spans over 30 years as a business owner/director and now group sales manager, for Scorpion International Freight services Pty Ltd and the national Powerhouse Group of companies.

Her skill set encompasses a wide range of business capabilities including: Marketing/Public, Relations/Sales/Customer, Relations/Human, Resource Management/Mentoring/Corporate Communication/Business Development/Organisational Change Management and international trade related professional skills in addition to support services to the manufacturing sector.
As a professional director in the public and private sector, experience in governance, conflict
resolution, chairing meetings, public speaking, liason and negotiation with government and industry, are additional learnings over her work time span.

Previous roles in Regional and State Economic Development, business mentoring and global trade facilitation as chair of the Hunter Export Centre, Deputy Chair of HEDC and prior experience as co founder of OWIT (organisation for Women in International Trade) HBWN (Hunter Business Women’s Network) and WIBAS (Women in Building and Associated Services) have provided a platform for personal and professional development over many years as an active business participant in local, state, national and international forums.

Andrea Novak

Director

Business Development Representative, Mai-Wel Labour Force Solutions

SolutionsAndrea is a longstanding member of the Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions team, working with a plethora of business owners across the Hunter region to create innovative business solutions. Having brokered impressive business solutions affording business owners access to opportunities that positively impact profit margins whilst conversely improving the cultural and diversity portfolio of those businesses, Andrea is well-versed in creating pathways for businesses to achieve strategic goals whilst improving their public image.

Boasting in excess of 40 years’ in Business to Business Sales, Human Resources / Recruitment; and Training and Marketing, Andrea’s professional experience is extensive and attributes to her comprehensive knowledge of business operations from small through to national level companies. Occupying positions in the major cities of Melbourne and Sydney, complemented by roles in regional areas of both Victoria and NSW, the scope of Andrea’s exposure to business over her career affords her a solid knowledge base from which to draw upon when working with businesses to create innovative strategies to improve operations whilst improving profitability, culture and public relations.

Stuart Woolnough

Director

Founder and Managing Director, UTS Group Australia

Stuart holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and a tradesman of 30yrs experience predomi-nantly in the Mining Industry. Having started as a Trainee Mechanical Engineer with a local mining contracting company, progressing through to Senior roles within the company. One of these roles included managing the Human and Mechanical resources of a local Underground mine based in Cessnock. Stuart has been in senior roles for the past 20 years including Area Manager and Mechanical Coordinator.

Stuart has been involved with Tier 1 companies for his whole career and brings the Corporate governance from this level of business. He brings a professional leadership which he has developed throughout his career. Stuart is a current member on the Board of UTS group and has recently founded a Limited Liability Company in Kentucky US. He has an extensive network among the mining community and has been expanding his network through his company’s diversification into the Circular Economy. His company UTS group was awarded Hunternet Co-Operative Rod Murphy Innovation award. Stuart has completed multiple courses throughout his career which complement his current role including Cert IV in Training and Assessing and various High Risk Permits for operation of machinery.

HUNTERNET HISTORY

The Idea is Born

1991

The Idea is Born

Key players exposed to the idea of networking and at the same time, there was a push from BHP, Goninan and Tomago Aluminium for smaller manufacturers to group together in order to achieve more consistent quality standards.

14 member companies agreed on the co-operative structure of HunterNet, fee-based membership and three key aims: to develop the capabilities of members, to grow market opportunities and to reduce the costs of supplying services.

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HunterNet incorporated

1992

HunterNet incorporated

(Image: Mr Joss De Iuliis, HunterNet inaugural Chairman of the Board)

HunterNet was incorporated as a registered, member-funded, not-for-profit co-operative.  Formally launched by Dr Ken Moss with $30,000k Federal Government seed funding provided.

Mr Joss De Iuliis was the inaugural Chairman of the Board

First monthly forum held on Quality Assurance.

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New Business Manager

1995

New Business Manager

Mr Harvey Knox became Business Manager.

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Formation of HunterNet Group Training Company

1996

Formation of HunterNet Group Training Company

Formation of HunterNet Group Training Company

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HunterNet Presents $30mil project to Prime Minister

1997

HunterNet Presents $30mil project to Prime Minister

Mr Harvey Knox presents to Prime Minister John Howard at Tomago, on Redbank Power Station Project resulting in $30 million of government investment into the region and work for many HunterNet Members.

Launch of a mentoring scheme and production of a capabilities directory.  Harvey fosters relationship with the Graduate School of Business of The University of Newcastle, providing members with access to management, leadership, marketing and communication training.

Global links were established, on a joint trade mission with Hunter Export Centre to Hong Kong, work was secured for Members on a large rail project.

Chairman of the Board:  Mr John McColl.

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Change of Chairman

1998

Chairman of the Board:  Mr Bob Cowan.

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New Website & New Programmes

1999

New Website & New Programmes

HunterNet’s website launched.

HunterNet funded a Software Engineering scholarship at The University of Newcastle.

“Model for Action” initiative reflecting new business thinking for manufacturing in the context of the knowledge economy and a state grant of $50,000 the following year funded an audit of capabilities in the region.

Chairman of the Board:  Mr Bob Cowan.

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Change of Chairman

2000

Chairman of the Board:  Mr John Coyle.

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HunterNet Loses its Charismatic Leader

2001

HunterNet Loses its Charismatic Leader

(Image: Life Time Member, Mr John Coyle)

One of the greatest challenges for HunterNet was the loss of its charismatic leader, Mr Harvey Knox, in June 2001. In his memory, the “Opportunity Knox” scholarship scheme was established to support applicants in any area of endeavour to pursue their dreams and the Annual Harvey Knox Award.

Mr John Coyle, former Chairman of the HunterNet Board, took over the role of Manager in October 2001.

Chairman of the Board:  Mr John Coyle.

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‘Make it in the Hunter’ Program

2002

‘Make it in the Hunter’ Program

Chairman of the Board:  Mr Steven Smith.

‘Make it in the Hunter’ Hunter Economic Development Corporation, Commonwealth Regional Assistance Program & NSW Dept. of State & Regional Development.

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Change of Chairman

2003

Chairman of the Board:  Mr Phil Hird

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Innovate the Hunter

2005

Innovate the Hunter

(Image: John Coyle, Jeff Phillips, Tim Hardy, Joss De Iuliis, Bob Cowan & Keith Horan)

2005 -2007 ‘Innovate the Hunter’ NSW Dept. of State and Regional Development, Ausindustry & Commonwealth Regional Partnerships Program

In 2006 Chairman of the Board:  Mr Jeff Phillips

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Strategic Skills Program

2007

Chairman of the Board:  Mr Ken Brown.

‘Strategic Skills Program – Industry Partnerships’ NSW Deptartment of Education and Training, State Training Services

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Commence Enterprise Connect

2008

Commence Enterprise Connect

(Image:  Glenn Ellis & Nick Killin 2009 Chairman’s Awards)

Chairman of the Board:  Mr Nick Killin.

Commence Enterprise Connect ‘Workshops, Industry Intelligence & Networking (WIIN) Program (2009-2010)

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Integration of the HunterTech Network

2011

Integration of the HunterTech Network

(Image:  Research on Clusters / Networks, Professor Julia Connell, Curtin University)

Integration of the HunterTech Network.  HunterNet’s long term association with the HunterTech Network took a positive turn when the network joined forces with HunterNet in 2011. HunterTech’s decision that it was in their best interests to amalgamate with HunterNet has helped HunterNet members appreciate the importance of ICT in the transformation to smart manufacturing.

Chairman of the Board:  Mr Nick Killin.

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Celebrating 20 Years

2012

Celebrating 20 Years

HunterNet Celebrates 20 Years of “the Power of Many

Chairman of the Board:  Mr Richard Eveleigh.

Commence Coal & Allied Local Coal Supply Chain Participation Project (2012-2015).

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A Change of CEO

2013

A Change of CEO

(Image: Mr Tony Cade, CEO, addresses Members at T W Woods General Members Meeting 2013)

John Coyle resigned from CEO role.

Tony Cade commences as CEO.

Chairman of the Board:  Mr Richard Eveleigh.

Commence AusIndustry Asian Century Business Engagement Plan project
(2013-2016).

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New Chairman

2014

New Chairman

(Image:Mr John Gambril chairs General Members Meeting Kenshaw Electrical 2014)

Commence NSW EPA BinTrim Project.

Chairman of the Board:  Mr John Gambrill.

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Jeff Phillips Wins Harvey Knox Award

2015

Chairman of the Board:  Mr Michael Sharpe.

Jeff Phillips, Varley, wins Harvey Knox Award.

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Move to New Offices

2016

HunterNet relocates to PKF, 755 Hunter St.

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Celebrating 25 Years

2017

Celebrating 25 Years

On Thursday 30th November, we celebrated our annual HunterNet and HunterNet Group Training Company Chairman’s Awards at McDonald Jones Stadium. The celebration was particularly significant, as we were also celebrating…

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